Deputy Principals’ Column
Faith and Mission
St Edwin’s House St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out
This evening, Friday 10 August, St Edwin’s House will once again host the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleep Out. In the spirit of prayer and respect for our brothers and sisters who find themselves sleeping on our city streets, the event will help to think about how we can remember those who are forgotten on our streets, and with St John Baptist de La Salle as our model and guide, be known for our compassion and sensitivity to those in need and passion to serve others.
Congratulations to St Edwin’s House Coordinator, Ms Jessica Stevenson and the St Edwin’s Student Leadership Team for their commitment and organisation of this worthy and important cause.
Reflection on Frederic Oznam – Founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society
Frederic Ozanam, the founder of the St Vincent de Paul Society was well respected and held with great esteem in the Sorbonne University of Paris. Yet despite his high distinction and status, he still found time to visit, talk with and assist poor families. Frederic Ozanam reminds us that the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is anchored in the experience of going out and visiting the poor and in living in solidarity with and understanding the struggles of the poor and needy. The St Vincent de Paul Society is not just about dispensing food and clothing to the poor—but they are committed to being dispensers of love and compassion, the same way that Christ was. Just like the story of The Good Samaritan in the Gospel of St Luke (10:29–37), our God calls us to treat all our neighbours, especially the least, the last and the lost with love and compassion, and Jesus asks all of us, to “go and do the same.”
Staff Formation Day
Each year, the staff at De La Salle gather for the annual Staff Formation Day. This year we joined together and combined the day with staff from Kilbreda, Killester and Star of the Sea Colleges, to listen to keynote speaker, Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP, a very popular and respected scholar. Fr Timothy proved to be an engaging, challenging and very funny speaker on the day who provided much relevance, meaning and thought-provoking ideas around the themes of our Formation Day.
The day provided us with an opportunity to pause for reflection, allowing us to engage in a deeper relationship with God, the Church, self and our community. As each of the four College communities gathered together on the day, we were reminded of the importance of growing in our love of God and our neighbour, that we continue to build communities whose spirit is one of compassion, love and respect. Because this is the only way to be like God: Be compassionate, as your Father is compassionate. (Luke 6:36)
Thank you for all the generous donations we have already received! A reminder to all families to please continue sending in donations of non-perishable food items and toiletries. Your donation will support one of the following organisations;
- Primary – St Joseph’s Outreach Centre, South Yarra
- 7 to 9 – Sacred Heart Mission, St Kilda
- 10 to 12 – Malvern Emergency Food Program
There is a real need each winter season to support as many struggling families and individuals go without. As Lasallians, we are called to do the work of Jesus Christ and, in the words of our founder St John Baptist de La Salle, “make Christ known to others.”
Mrs Rana Brogan
Deputy Principal – Faith and Mission
Staff and Operations
School Improvement Annual Surveys
The School Improvement survey process is an annual event for the College. It is part of the School Improvement Framework and is conducted on behalf of Catholic Education Melbourne. The SIF survey process in the current form commenced in 2012. Each year it has provided critical information for the school review that followed, with a School Improvement Plan, Strategic Plan and an Annual Action Plan emerging as a direct result.
Independent research company Insight SRC conducts the surveys. The same surveys are used across the state school sector and the Catholic school sector. All staff at the College are surveyed along with a random sample of students and parents. Selected families will receive a letter from the College with instructions including an individual login and password. Online surveys can be accessed from Monday 6 August to Friday 24 August. The survey takes about 20 -30 min to complete.
The College is fundamentally committed to using the information from the surveys to develop our De La Salle College Improvement Plan. The surveys will help lead to improvement and we need a strong response rate from parents to get a comprehensive picture. We certainly want to hear about the areas where you believe we could improve. We also want to hear where you feel we are going well. Sometimes with this sort of survey, a potential respondent might feel that being generally happy with the College, they don’t need to complete the survey. Please give us the good news as well! The surveys themselves are absolutely confidential. The returns go directly to Insight SRC and the College does not receive any individual responses. We will only receive the summarised data. Thank you in anticipation of your support for our ongoing improvement.
Mr Tom Ryan
Deputy Principal — Staff and Operations